Whether it’s fairly new or old, sometimes you buy a device and then…it sits. Maybe you don’t like it, or maybe you find something better. Regardless, if you want to free up some space and recoup some of your initial investment, you have several options.
You can go about it in one of two ways: either through a buyback service like Decluttr (go.pcworld.com/dclt) or Gazelle (go. pcworld.com/gzle), or through an online marketplace like eBay or Facebook Marketplace. (To learn more about the distinction, see our primer on how to sell old tech [go.pcworld.com/h2sl].)
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Online marketplaces come in several flavors— some are auction based, others use a fixed price. Some limit transactions to local, in-person exchanges, while others focus on online sales. You can choose the type of interaction and level of seller fees that make you most comfortable.
The major names in this space are eBay, Craigslist, Facebook Marketplace, Swappa, and OfferUp. Though their features and policies overlap, each one has unique strengths and weaknesses that distinguish it from the competition.
Not only is eBay (go.pcworld.com/ebay) one of the biggest and best-known marketplaces, but it’s also the most flexible. You can choose between auction or fixed price (or both), with the option to accept best offers from buyers. You also can choose local pickup or to ship the item, or both.
Listings are free for the first 250 per month, with an up to 14.35% final value fee (go.pcworld.com/fvfe) and $0.30 order fee. For shipped items, eBay deposits payments within two business days into the bank account put on file (a recent change not reflected properly in its sprawling help pages). For items picked up in person, you can opt to get paid in person via PayPal, cash, checks, money orders, or cards. (However, eBay warns sellers against accepting checks and money orders.)
The major downside to eBay is its buyer protection policies. Even if you set a 15- or 30-day return period, buyers have up to six months to file a dispute about the item—and eBay is known to often side with the buyer over the seller. Take excellent photos and document as much of the transaction as possible to protect yourself.
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